Researcher: Majority of Sites Leak User Data (October 19, 2011)
An independent study by a Stanford University researcher found that dozens of companies are gathering and selling bits and pieces of presumably "anonymous" data on users. Researcher Jonathan Mayer says that 61 percent of 185 sites surveyed shared user information with other sites. And opting out of behavioral targeting doesn't stop the data collection, Mayer says of do-not-track efforts, adding, "It's a fact of life that information is going to leak to third parties."
Experts Weigh In on “Privacy Bill of Rights” (October 19, 2011)
Will a federal "Privacy Bill of Rights" be forthcoming from the U.S. government, or will ongoing proposals, hearings and discussions be the status quo for the foreseeable future?
Experts Share Tips on Avoiding Becoming Enforcement Targets (October 19, 2011)
Week in and week out, media stories call attention to the latest and greatest data breaches-and with seemingly increasing frequency, those headlines are followed by announcements of U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) investigations or enforcements as well as class-action lawsuits.